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From time immemorial wine was stored at various ways. They used amphors, leather bags, wooden cascs or stone tubs or it was not stored and they drunk it almost direct after production. Around the seventeenth century the hand made bottle was chosen to put the exquisite and valuable wine to cork through which the wine could be held for a much longer period. From the mid-seventeenth century glass bottles became important and the glassmaking industry in Bristol developed new processes to produce more and better bottles The strong efficient Britisch wine-bottle was being exported all over the world. in 1821 The Bristol firm of Henry Ricketts was granted a patend for a fully- standrised, hinged butterfly mould, whitch enabled bottles to be blown in one operation. This allowed greater flexibility in bottle shapes and became known as the classic "Bristol bottle". So around 1886 the first semi-automatic bottle machine was invented by Howard Ashly from Yorkshire.

The moste wines are bottled in 750 ml. size bottles but there are many other sizes for instance: the Split cont. 187 ml the Half bottle cont. 375 ml. the Magnum cont. 1.5 liters the Double Magnum cont. 3 liters the Salmanazar cont. 9 liters the Balthazar cont. 12 liters and the Nebuchadnezzar cont. 15 liters. In the Champagne district they have the Jeroboam cont. 3 liters the Rehoboam cont. 4.5 liters and the Methuselah cont. 6 liters.

All wines age faster in small bottles than in large ones. Wines are affected by licht therefor they use green or brown bottles and when long maturation is necessary, a dark green or brown bottle is used ( store wine in a cool dark place ). During the centurys every respectable wine region developed there own traditional wine-bottle through witch you easely can prodict which wine-region the wine is from or what particular wine you can expect in these bottles.

A new development is the PET bottle made out of Polyethyleen Terephthalaat. The 750ml PET wine bottle weighs just 54 grams prior to filling, offering an immediate 85% reduction in packaging weight. PET bottles are shatterproof and can include a convenient screw cap for anytime, anywhere consumption. The lighter weight also translates to more convenient portability. Once the contents are enjoyed, the PET bottles can be dropped into a curbside recycling bin, collected, and recycled into a wide range of new products, including packaging.

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The typical Bordeaux-bottle is easy to recognize at the austere straight shape with the "real" shoulders. This bottle is known from the beginning of the seventeenth century en is now the standard form for as wel the white and red Bordeaux, but also for wine all over the globe

The Burgundy-bottle you can recognize clearly at the typical down hanging shoulders. This bottle radiates something kind-hearted and friendlynes, which you also can taste in these wines. smooth lines in detail with finesse. The white Burgundy is bottled in clear or pale green glass and the reds mostly in green bottles. these bottles are also used for the Beaujolais-wines.

The Loire-bottle is similar in form and shape to the Burgundy-bottle but he is smaller through which he has something of the alzacian "flûte" with the small down hanging shoulders.

The Alsacian-bottle is beautiful long small and slender. It has something frivolous,a bottle with a lively radiation. The Alsacian-bottle is just as the Mozel-bottle made out of green glass.

The Rhine-and Mozel-bottle is identical in shape to the Alsacian-bottle, slender and fine in form. Even if there is no label on the bottle you can't make a mistake becouse the Mozel-bottle is made out of green and the Rhine-bottle is made out of brown glass

The Champagne-bottle is in shape almost similar to the Burgundy-bottle but he is made out of thicker glass to withstand the high ( 5 bar ) pressure of the gas in the wine. Champagne is fermented in the bottle and will lose something by being decanted into magnums or half bottles. This bottle is also used for other kinds of sparkling wine all over the world.

The bottle of the Chateauneuf du Pape wine has the same form as the Burgundy-bottle and is to recognize by the two pontifical crossed key's. If the wine is Domain botteled the "beards" are located down to the bottom of the bottle.

The Lanquedoc-bottle is a short thick bottle particular made for the better VDQS and AC wines from this region

The typical bottle for Vin Jaune from the Jura, named Clavelin . This bottle containes 62 cl, appointed by law and regulations. This is the amount of wine left from one liter of wine after 6 years and three months fust ripening. The best Vin Jaune you will find in the small village, Chateau Châlon.

The bocksbeutel is a funny green bottle from the wine region Franken in Germany. Its a unmanageable flat bottle that is not easely put in ordinary wine storages and wine racks.